Saturday evening on the OVO Area in Wembley, London is the setting, as Richard Riakporhe seems to be to take a step nearer to a world title shot, as he takes on Fabio Turchi in an IBF cruiserweight title eliminator.
Sky Sports activities televise Riakporhe vs Turchi within the UK, and BOXXER promote.
Riakporhe (14-0, 10 KOs) is in a wealthy vein of type, and has been steadily constructing in direction of true world class degree of late.
The Londoner is a former British champion, and holds wins over Chris Billam-Smith (SD10) and Tommy McCarthy (KO4), who’ve each gone on to turn out to be European champions.
After almost two years away, the 32-year-old returned in October 2021, and eased to a factors win over eight to shake off the rust, after which took out former WBC title challenger, Olanrewaju Durodola in 5 rounds a month later.
Riakporhe was because of face Turchi in March this yr, however the Italian needed to withdraw because of harm. In stepped Deion Jumah, and he was aggressive earlier than being knocked out with a body shot in the eighth.
Turchi (20-1, 14 KOs) is now match to struggle, and can signify a greater than winnable check for ‘The Midnight Prepare’.
Primarily based in Florence, the 28-year-old’s sole profession defeat got here in October 2019, when he dropped a break up determination in his residence nation to the aforementioned McCarthy.
’Stone Crusher’ has gained three on the spin since, and picked up fringe IBF and EU belts alongside the best way. He was final out in December 2021, stopping Vukasin Obradovic inside a spherical.
Prediction: Riakporhe is a expertise, and all the time figures out the puzzle in an effort to take the win. Turchi’s limitations have been uncovered by McCarthy, and I can’t see him retaining his opponent at bay for twelve rounds. I fancy the house favorite to take Turchi out within the later rounds.
Kongo tackles Formella
An attention-grabbing undercard conflict takes place at welterweight, the place Chris Kongo takes on Sebastian Formella over a scheduled ten rounds, with the vacant WBC Worldwide Silver title on supply to the winner.
Kongo (13-1, 7 KOs) was dropped and out hustled over ten by Michael McKinson McKinson final March, however has gained an eight spherical determination since.
Formella (23-2, 11 KOs) is finest identified for large factors defeats to Shawn Porter and Conor Benn, however the German returned final September to halt Gabor Kovacs in 4.
Prediction: Kongo ought to safe victory on the playing cards.
Brown battles Chelli
The English tremendous middleweight title can also be at stake, as Germaine Brown defends his strap towards Zak Chelli.
Brown (12-0, 3 KOs) gained the belt with a transparent factors win over Charlie Schofield final outing, and now meets Fulham-based, Chelli (11-1-1, 6 KOs) who has gained an Final BOXXER event and holds first rate wins over Umar Sadiq and Mike McGoldrick.
Prediction: Chelli is tall and rangy, and may take a factors win.
Rising, unbeaten cruiserweight prospect, Viddal Riley fights for the second time this yr after stopping Willbeforce Shihepo in February.
Olympic Gold medalist, Lauren Value makes her much-anticipated skilled bow at middleweight and big-punching, Joe Pigford (19-0, 8 KOs) seems to be to increase his undefeated run. All three are awaiting affirmation on opponents.